"He said, 'I saw the ceremony from back there and it had to be one of the most beautiful ceremonies that I've ever seen,'" the newlyweds recounted.
Diciembre and Tashia Farries were so caught up in their newly-married bliss that it took them a moment to recognize the person who'd just crashed their wedding. Having just exchanged vows in the presence of their close friends, families, and one-year-old son on the Santa Monica beach, the couple was stunned when they realized it was none other than Tom Hanks aka the nicest guy in Hollywood. "We were so in our own moment so for him to walk up, it was shocking and took a second for us to realize. It was the cherry on top for our big day," Diciembre Farries told TODAY.
I love that Tom will stop and watch a wedding. Also, keep reading to the end. I believe in signs like that. - Tom Hanks gives two brides a shock as he crashes their wedding https://t.co/EMRHNquEE1 via @DailyMailCeleb— House Moderna, minion of Queen Dolly, FULLY VAXXED (@EricaCooper) October 28, 2021
According to KTTV, the 65-year-old Oscar winner told the newlyweds that he'd been watching their ceremony from a distance and was so moved by it that he decided to approach the couple afterward. In a video shot on the beach that's been circulating across social media this week, Hanks appears particularly tickled to learn that it was a same-sex wedding. "Oh get out!" he shouts as he meets the couple. "My stock just exploded!" Tashia admitted in an interview that although she works as a private chef for a number of celebrity clients, she and Diciembre were shocked to see the actor at their wedding.
"Everyone is saying, 'There's Tom Hanks!'" she said, adding that the Sleepless in Seattle star spent at least five minutes chatting with them and even asked them for a photo. "He said, 'I saw the ceremony from back there and it had to be one of the most beautiful ceremonies that I've ever seen,'" Tashia recounted. According to Daily Mail, Hanks gave the newlyweds some more "positive words" and told them to "keep the love alive." Diciembre admitted that their unexpected wedding crasher was the cherry on top of an already perfect day.
"Our wedding was already a dream to me," she said. "To finally marry her — this was our day. And everybody we love was there, and... Tom Hanks just walks up! Out of all days, out of all people, he walked on the beach today. It was meant [to be]." She added that the celeb's heartwarming reaction to their wedding also added a small bit of validation to their union. "For us to be two women — yes it's 2021, but it's just unfortunately not accepted everywhere yet. But it's like he didn't even see that," said Diciembre.
Tom Hanks gives two brides a shock as while crashing their wedding in Santa Monica... as he calls it 'one of the most beautiful ceremonies' he's ever seen— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) October 28, 2021
Tom had been watching the ceremony from afar and was so moved by it that he decided to approach the couple afterward pic.twitter.com/2auKJnCfNy
The newlyweds have another personal reason as well for why Hanks' out-of-the-blue appearance on their wedding day means so much to them and their family. While talking to the Farrieses at the beach by Santa Monica Pier, the star reportedly noticed a photo of Diciembre's late brother, who died in 2017. The couple had propped up his portrait on a chair beside the rest of the family and when they told the celeb more about her brother, Hanks revealed that he shared the same birthday as Diciembre's brother. "So he wasn't at the wedding, but Tom Hanks coming was his way of saying he was here," said Diciembre.
This isn't the first time Hanks has crashed a wedding party. He touched the internet's heart back in 2016 when he saw newlyweds taking photos in Central Park and stopped to say hello and pose for a few selfies. A couple of years later, the Saving Private Ryan actor made yet another couple's wedding day all the more special by responding to their wedding invitation. Although he wasn't able to attend the ceremony, Hanks invited the newlyweds to be his guests at a play he was in, that summer.